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The Tourist

action & adventure, comedy, drama, thrillers


Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    20%
  • Audience Score
    42%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Romantic thriller has some mature twists.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this romantic thriller starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie is the kind of twisty suspense drama that will appeal to savvy teens who like the two stars. The premise is simple but mature, and as the movie progresses, certain plot twists make The Tourist more appropriate for older teens and adults. There's some persistent violence in the form of a frightening older gangster who has no problem killing his own henchman and is responsible for the film's (relatively small) body count. Language includes a couple of uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t" and "a--hole." Although sexual content isn't too graphic -- Jolie and Depp's characters kiss passionately a couple of times, and, in one scene, Jolie strips down to her undergarments to change into a nightgown -- there's still a strong feeling of sexuality throughout the movie, as Jolie's mere presence creates an aura of sex appeal.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie fits into the suspense genre. Early on, Elise and Frank joke about the stereotypes of suspense novels. How does the movie play by the very same rules they discuss?
  • Elise explains that she was raised to believe that to truly love someone you have to accept their "two sides" -- good and bad. How do the various characters in the movie show their "two-faced" nature?
  • What's the movie's message about relationships? Do you think Elise made the right choice? What did Reginald mean when he told Elise that life isn't kind to an ugly woman?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    20%
    reviews counted: 19
    see all The Tourist reviews
  • Audience

    42%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Star power can cover up a multitude of shortcomings in a film. Turns out stupidity isn't one of them.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Friday, December 10, 2010

Rotten: So deficient in the genre's essentials - such as witty dialogue, intriguing characters and surprising yet credible plot turns - that you're embarrassed for everyone involved.

- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Friday, December 10, 2010

Fresh: The Tourist merely asks you to sit back and enjoy the ride, and then makes that task a breeze.

- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Friday, December 10, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

A nod to the great Hitchcockian noir thrillers of yesteryear it maybe but unfortunately The Tourist comes across as a spoof rather than a tribute. It's more out of date than anything, anyone who has actually been to Venice will tell you it's not as beautiful and clean as it looks on screen and Scotland Yard is not based in a beautiful old Victorian building - far from it. It's these inaccuracies that bothered me, the mixture of modern technology and old school styles just doesn't work. It's badly cast also, as good as the two leads are, this wasn't right for either of them. Paul Bettany is quite good though and it was a nice surprise to see Timothy Dalton in a role that was perfect for him. The biggest crime of all is that the 'twist' ending is glaringly obvious from the very beginning, making the whole thing extremely disappointing. The Lives of Others to this? What the hell?

- SirPant, Friday, April 5, 2013

3 stars

It is not the big names providing sub par performances, or a lack of nuance that you would assume make this film a dud, but instead the lack of correct atmosphere for a supposed thriller. There is a light comedic element most likely seen in a French modernist film rather than a heart pounding, episodic tale of passion, action, and intrigue. To illustrate this point, there is the glaring inconsistency of not having much of any action. The most exciting scenes include a barefooted chase on tiled roofs, and two attached speedboats barely outrunning the mob on foot. Very little gunfights, no explosions (thank God), and a lack of violence whatsoever. I'm not saying big budgeted CGI is ideal for today's thrillers. Indeed, a subtle sophistication makes for some of the better Bond films. Still, the offputting emergence of Depp in a role as a flustered persona and not the debonair con man we're used to seeing is not sweet in any manner of speaking. Jolie is pure eye candy, never emerging as the badass she's purported to be, but instead a slinking kitten with a penchant for being saved by the dimwitted Depp. The comedy is withholding and most of the feel is icy. Overall I'd say this is one film that can't make up its mind towards what it is trying to achieve.

- FrizzDrop, Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2 stars

A woman involves a tourist in a plot to avoid international police and the Russian mob. There are two good lines in the entire script: Johnny Depp's character says "Bon Jovi" when someone greets him with the Italian "Bongiorno," and when a policeman says that attempted murder is "not so serious," he replies, "Not when you downgrade it from murder. But when you when you upgrade it from room service, it's quite serious." The rest of the dialogue is full of vapid cliches. Though we get numerous shots of Depp and Jolie looking as good as Depp and Jolie can look and the location scout did a great job, the film lacks anything else to hold my attention. The plot is preposterous, and even the twist at the end fails to be plausible. Overall, this is the most basic of basic thrillers, and I think only die-hard fans of Depp and Jolie could draw any sustained pleasure from watching it.

- hunterjt13, Saturday, August 13, 2011